Welcome to Fourth Grade!

   I hope you’re as excited about our upcoming year together as I am; I’m thrilled you’re in my class and consider it to be an incredible privilege to be your teacher! This next year is sure to be a foundational and memorable one, filled with learning and growing, both academically and socially.

   I’d like to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Shawn Seeley, I have a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and the 2019-20 school year will be my fourth year of teaching. Although my job title is teacher, I believe I am first and foremost a learner. As an educator, I am constantly reading and reflecting, looking for ways to improve my craft and grow, both personally and professionally.

   I grew up in Covington, WA, and got to watch as both Covington and Maple Valley went from obscure towns to the thriving cities they are today. When I was in the fourth grade, Mr. Gaston was my teacher! Two weeks after graduating from Kentlake High School, at the age of seventeen, I began my journey to become a United States Marine.

   During my enlistment, I served as a machine gunner in 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Lima Company, Weapons Platoon, and was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2005, shortly after my nineteenth birthday. I was injured in a multiple IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast and was retired from active duty at the age of twenty. While I was on active duty, I learned a great deal about leadership, personal conduct, and self-discipline. To this day, I try and uphold the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment, our motto, “semper fidelis,” fourteen leadership traits, and eleven leadership principles.

   I currently reside in Black Diamond with my wife Shelley, who teaches third grade, and our two children. Zoey will be a kindergartener here at TES next year, and Liam will be turning four this August. We enjoy walking on trails, playing at the neighborhood park, going out for breakfast, playing board games, reading books, watching movies together, and cheering on the Seattle Thunderbirds. This summer, we will be taking a week on the Oregon Coast to spend some quality time together before starting the school year.


   This summer, I hope that you also get to enjoy spending quality time together with your family, creating lasting memories. I look forward to hearing all about your summer adventures when we see each other again this fall. Along with having fun and relaxing, I encourage you to spend some time practicing your math facts, and to read each and every day. Doing this will help keep your mind sharp, and help you start off our year together with confidence.

  You can find our classroom supply list in the Documents section, along with other helpful items. I will see you again at our TES Fall Open House event on Thursday, August 29th, from 5:30-7:00pm. Our first day of school together will be Tuesday, September 3rd. If you want to contact me during the summer months, please feel free to contact me via this site. 

   I invite you to partner with me, as together, we make this the most impactful, enjoyable, and memorable year of school your student has ever had!

Respectfully submitted,

Mr. Seeley

“Forever focused on the academic and social growth of all our students.”